Correios workers accepted that the company postponed its response for three days, until next Thursday (14), to the proposal made in the salary negotiation that has been taking place since July. The response was expected last Monday (11), but there was a delay.
According to the Negotiation Command of the National Federation of Workers in Postal, Telegraph and Similar Companies (Fentect), the request for postponement for presentation was made by the company’s president, Fabiano Silva, in a meeting on Monday night.
“The change in date sought to demonstrate that the category wishes to negotiate, pointing out that there is a willingness to seek a viable path, without harm to workers. With the extension, some entities will still hold assemblies this Tuesday, 12th, to guide the employees of the state-owned company,” Fentect said in a statement.
Initially, the unions representing workers across the country would meet this Tuesday, with the company’s proposal in hand. But, with the postponement, some of the assemblies were suspended, and will be reconvened from Thursday.
The category’s collective agreement expired on August 1st. Workers are asking for replacement of losses reaching 40% after the dismantling process during the government of Jair Bolsonaro (PL). During his term, the former captain put into practice a plan to privatize the state-owned company, which was definitively canceled by the current president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT).
According to Fentect, the scrapping carried out by the Bolsonaro government to try to facilitate the sales process resulted in a reduction in staff, employee illness and a drop in the quality of services due to the reduction in home visits carried out by postmen, due to the drop in number of personnel.
The proposal presented by the workers includes a 13% increase in salaries and benefits; earnings on meal vouchers and food and other demands. The company’s management, however, offered an adjustment of 3.18%, below inflation. The counter-proposal was rejected by the workers, who also demanded improvements in working conditions.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho